Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Jul 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

This was still showing movies in 1977.

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Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Love them!

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Al Alvarez commented about S.V.A. Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Totally disagree.

Lovely lobby with a 60’s style sunken seating area and a sprawling candy counter. Stadium seating in the main house thirty years before it became the industry norm. Woody Allen even made it his premiere house after the Beekman closed. A wonderful theatre!

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Al Alvarez commented about Coral Ridge Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

sporridge, this is very interesting information. Where did you get it from?

I often suspected Claughton may have been a phantom operator for Paramount Theatres after the Consent Decrees and you may have found the source.

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Al Alvarez commented about Movieland on Jul 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

They were also made of metal and very heavy and awkward to work with on a ladder.

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Al Alvarez commented about Caribe Theater on Jul 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Movieplace, the Alden was the Regency and Arden is here.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

Just added an ad for the re-release of THIS IS CINERAMA in the photo section.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Jul 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Great memories TonyV. I still remember calling the local police to help a man who claimed to have been injured by a bullet that somehow escaped from the screen in PLATOON and a lady claimed the staff was bugging her home phone to track her movie-going probabilities.

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Al Alvarez commented about Olympia Theatre at Gusman Center on Jul 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

The closing never actually took place. It just ran stage shows for a while.

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Al Alvarez commented about David Cinema on Jul 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

This was already open in 1972 and advertising in the NYT.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 11, 2012 at 7:01 am

The Rivoli closed for summer due to lack of product.

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Al Alvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Jul 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

There were two David’s and neither was the 55th Street Playhouse.

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Al Alvarez commented about Florida Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Florida Theatre manager Ralph Puckhaber was head of marketing for ABC Florida State Theatres when I started working for them in 1974, twenty years after the article above was published. He was a flamboyant man who always wore plaid jackets with his trademark pink socks.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

If clearances still existed in Manhattan the Ziegfeld would have closed long ago. The 42nd street theatres with staggered showtimes on multiple screens and bigger grosses would deny it any product at all, much less tentpole titles.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

This is the New York Post folks. What they meant is “that story we made up last week is simply not true.” They do this all the time.

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Al Alvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

Marc is thinking of the David.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

You should take everything from Fox News sources in stride. The Ziegfeld couldn’t loose over $1 million a year even if it remained closed all year. The math simply doesn’t add up.

The two theatres on 42nd street do lose more than that with their newer leases, but they are cash producing cows and that cash can be invested elsewhere before the bills have to get paid.

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Al Alvarez commented about Evergreen Theatre on Jul 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

Apparently it was the SOHO for a few months before it became the SOBO.

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Al Alvarez commented about Roosevelt Theatre on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

In its early days it was mostly an art house and Cinemascope was not an issue but by 1956 this was South Florida’s first Cinerama house that proscenium obsolete.

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Al Alvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Jul 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

We always called them ‘hawkers’. I had never heard the term ‘candy butcher’ before.

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Al Alvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Jul 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

A candy butcher?

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Al Alvarez commented about Paraiso Theater on Jun 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The Madison theatre referred to in the article must be the Caribe.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

This theatre has always closed between bookings when the boxoffice did not meet the house nut. Only Cineplex Odeon kept it open all year round, no matter what and ate the loss.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

The 1935 Rialto was a completely new structure.

I think Mary Henderson did not consider the Hammerstein Victoria since the building itself was still there in 1935 and indeed not on 42nd street. The American fire and demolition were in 1930 which would make it the first opened and first closed on the block. It may have re-opened after the depression had it not been for the fire.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

The Republic is the Victory.